Judge Dread - Skinhead Moonstomp / Phoenix City 7"SKU: HSRSS0016
50 years ago, Trojan released BIG 6 by JUDGE DREAD in 1972. The rest as they say is history... To celebrate this milestone, Harlem Shuffle Records is releasing two outstanding new Judge Dread singles, these are never been on 7" vinyl previously. To make them even more special this is a special limited series with a unique design, strictly limited to 500 copies and with one release only.
Alexander Minto Hughes was born the 2nd of May 1945 in Kent, England. He died the 13th March 1998 on stage during a concert in Canterbury, England, suffering a heart attack. His last words were “Lets’ have it for the band”.
50 years ago, Trojan released BIG 6 by JUDGE DREAD in 1972. It sold over 300 000 copies and stayed in the UK charts for months despite being banned by the BBC. During the 70s, the Judge went on to sell millions of Reggae albums in the UK, second only... to Bob Marley. Besides being very popular for obvious reasons, he could also write solid songs.
Dread met Derrick Morgan and Prince Buster among others through his job as a bouncer at London nightclubs such as the Ram Jam in Brixton.. After working as a professional wrestler (under the name "The Masked Executioner") and as a debt collector for Trojan Records, he worked as a DJ on local radio and back in the 1960s he was also sometimes employed to provide security to The Rolling Stones.
He was the first white musician to score a reggae chart hit in Jamaica and is especially famous for his humorous sexually explicit lyrics. He holds a record in the Guinness Book of World Records as the artist with the most songs banned from BBC airplay. He notably lived in Snodland, Kent where he once changed the street sign to Dreadland.
Format & package: 7"
Record label: Harlem Shuffle
Year of release: 2022
A Skinhead Moonstomp (Symarip cover)
B Phoenix City (Roland Alphonso cover)